Heather M. Morado is the founder of Morado Law, PLLC, where she counsels both emerging and established clients with regard to entertainment, intellectual property, and general business matters. As a former professional violinist, Heather brings a unique perspective to her law practice, often employing a right and left-brained approach in developing pragmatic, creative, and business-focused solutions for her clients.
An accomplished musician in her own right, Heather truly understands and connects with the creative community that she serves. Heather credits the rigor and difficulty of her classical violin training with instilling discipline, attention to detail, and creative problem-solving skills that have enabled her to deliver an exceptional level of quality legal service to her clients.
Heather has received numerous professional recognitions and awards, including the following notable achievements:
“50 Attorneys of Note in the Music Business” designation - Billboard Magazine feature naming the top 50 attorneys in the United States available to professionals in the music, media, and entertainment industries.
“Distinguished Lawyer” designation from the Expert Network – selective award based on knowledge, reputation, and professional achievement, limited to the top 3% of all attorneys nationwide.
“Rising Star” award from Washington Superlawyers – recognition for attorneys that have received a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, limited to the top 2.5% of attorneys in Washington state.
“Client’s Choice” award from Avvo, Inc. – recognition based on consistent superior client ratings with regard to an attorney’s knowledge, responsiveness, and trustworthiness.
Heather is a cum laude graduate of Seattle University School of Law, where she was named a Dean’s Scholar. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Puget Sound, earned under a full scholarship on the basis of musical and academic merit. Heather is a member of the Washington State Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Her professional associations include the American Bar Association entertainment law and intellectual property law sections, the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Recording Academy, and she has served on the board of directors of Women in Film / Seattle. In addition, Heather authors an entertainment and intellectual property law blog at seattleentertainmentlawyer.com.
In her spare time, Heather teaches a small studio of violin and piano students, and has performed with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, the Skagit Opera orchestra, and the Bellevue Opera orchestra.
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I endorse Heather for her unique approach as an entertainment lawyer. As a musician herself, Heather truly appreciates the talents of her clients and strives with conviction and vigor to help them achieve their professional goals. While she was in law school, Heather was pointed out to me by one of her professors as one of the most promising students learning intellectual property and licensing. Since then, I've followed Heather's career with interest and enjoyment. (Plus, Heather and I agree that Jascha Heifetz was one of the greatest musicians of all time.)
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Distinguished Lawyer Designation||The Expert Network||2016|
|America's Most Honored Professionals||American Registry||2015|
|Top Attorneys in Washington||Seattle Met Magazine||2014|
|Top 50 Music Industry Lawyers||Billboard Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top Attorneys in Washington||Seattle Met Magazine||2013|
|Client's Choice award||Avvo, Inc.||2013|
|Spotlight profile||King County Bar Association||2013|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers||2013|
|Client's Choice award||Avvo, Inc.||2012|
|J.D. cum laude||Seattle University School of Law||2003|
|Dean's Scholarship||Seattle University School of Law||2000|
|Kilworth Scholarship||University of Puget Sound||1999|
|Marjorie Baker Scholarship||University of Puget Sound||1999|
|Fuchs Scholarship||University of Puget Sound||1999|
|Presidential Scholarship||University of Puget Sound||1999|
|School of Music Scholarship||University of Puget Sound||1999|
|Attorney||Morado Law PLLC||2013 - Present|
|Attorney||Rosen Lewis PLLC||2011 - 2013|
|Attorney||Invicta Law Group PLLC||2004 - 2011|
|Legal Intern||KCTS Channel 9||2003 - 2003|
|Legal Intern||Experience Music Project||2002 - 2002|
|Research Associate||Seattle University, Professor Henry W. McGee, Jr.||2001 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Vespertine Opera Theater||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|United States District Court, Western District of Washington||Admitted||2008 - Present|
|Women in Film Seattle||Member||2007 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences||Member||2004 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Hispanic National Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Latina/o Bar Association of Washington||Member||2004 - Present|
|King County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports||Member||2004 - Present|
|Frias Holding Co. et al v. Limousine International.com, Inc., et al||Settlement|
|NCS Pearson, Inc. v. Early Ascent, LLC||Settlement|
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|New trends, tools, and tips: keeping your practice current||Strategies for reducing litigation costs||2011|
|Lorman Seminars||Designing, Implementing, and Enforcing a Document Retention Policy||2010|
|King County Bar Association||Right of publicity issues in video games||2010|
|Attorney Fees in Washington||Drafting Effective Fee Agreements||2009|
|International Trademark Association||The Intersection of Trademarks and the Music Industry||2009|
|Intellectual Property for the Non-IP Attorney||Identifying, Managing, and Enforcing Trademarks||2008|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2003|
|Institute on International and Comparative Law in Barcelona, Spain||International Law||N/A||2002|
|University of Puget Sound||Comparative Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|Beyond the Curtain||Legal and business aspects of the music industry||2016|
|STG Songwriters Lab||Music Industry Contracts||2014|
|Seattle Web Series Meetup||Legal Issues in New Media Productions||2012|
|Decibel Conference||Legal and insurance aspects of the music business||2011|
|The Indie Film News Show||Licensing requirements for music in film||2007|